the brazilian flamingo served the pass to the final of the Copa Libertadores 2022 by crushing 4-0 (partial 2-0) to Velez Sarsfieldthis Wednesday in the first leg of the semifinals played at the José Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires.
Pedro (31, 60 and 83), the great figure of the night, and Everton Ribeiro (45+1) scored the goals for the comfortable victory of the Rio de Janeiro team, which took a decisive advantage ahead of the revenge that will be played next Wednesday at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
The winner will be measured in the grand final on October 29 in Guayaquil with the winner of the Brazilian series between Palmeiras and Athletico Paranaensewhich won 1-0 in the first leg.
From the first minutes it was Flamengo that was the most ambitious, determined to set foot on Velez terrain, with ‘Gabigol’ ready for a frontal battle with the central defenders, while the locals rehearsed a couple of incursions with balls, looking for the backs of the visiting sides.
Within these proposals, the rubronegro team was always more incisive, which, based on the greater wealth of names, with a more dynamic game, did not take long to generate anxiety in the local background, when Pedro, skilled at finding spaces, settled on left and took a right cross that forced a save from goalkeeper Hoyos.
Flamengo also gained ground because they took over the middle, where Garayalde and Cáseres could not gain a foothold, and when Vélez had the ball, the best thing he achieved was a nice mid-range shot by Lucas Janson that Santos blocked with great effort.
But ‘Fla’ searched patiently, and the goal was decided shortly after half an hour, when Léo Pereira sent a poisonous center from the right, which fell like a bomb in the heart of the area, where Pedro entered to touch the goal to the surprise of Jara, De los Santos and the goalkeeper. Vélez reacted with self-love, who was nothing from the tie in a great free kick from Orellano that shook the left upright and the ball traveled the entire sentence line without anyone coming to push it.
But Flamengo, far from retreating, went in search of another opportunity, which came in an overflow by Pedro, who sent the center back, and Filipe Luis came from the bottom to push it, but Hoyos managed to clear it from the right corner.
With more resources, it was clear that the visitors could score at any time, and they struck just before the end of the first half, in a magnificent team play, with precise touches to dislodge the defense, until De Arrascaeta saw Gabigol on the right , who assisted Everton Ribeiro first through the center, who touched cross to beat Hoyos again.
Every time he hinted at a recovery, Vélez met the stilettos of the visiting team, who began to sentence the duel with the third goal, in a play that Filipe Luis started, and culminated with another Gabigol assist for Pedro’s entry from the right , which he defined with quality before the goalkeeper’s desperate exit.
There was half an hour left to play, but the first semi-final already had an owner, with a
Flamengo clearly superior, as it appeared in the previous one, with a difference in hierarchy that was exposed from start to finish.
The visitor could even have won by historical figures, but Gabigol, who was one of the figures as an assistant, was not fine when it came to defining and missed two very clear chances, a one-on-one against Hoyos after a frontal ball, and then he finished deflected to the empty goal, after Pedro gave him a precious pass.
The finishing touch to the party was put by Pedro, a nightmare for all of Vélez, who scored the fourth after a pass from Vidal who was looking for Gabigol, deflected into a defender and the young gunner was served to beat Hoyos with a cross touch.
Relentless, the ‘Fla’ left the series almost sealed, since Vélez is forced to a colossal feat in the Maracana, where the black rubro will seek to prolong the party, already with more than half a ticket to the final in his pocket, determined to collect revenge for the final lost last year and lift the Libertadores for the third time.
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